Aannsha’s Blog #76 – Excel Inventory update

Baz lubes and scrubs

Writing on the keel

Baz had a busy few days again, cleaning A B Sea’s hull of five months of underwater growth and now she has a nice clean bottom so we’ll go faster through the water! The Gori folding propeller was quite encrusted with growth and Baz had to work quite hard freeing it up so that its movement isn’t hampered. After that he lubed the rusty chain on the steering mechanism with a synthetic grease because when we turned the steering wheel, there was a clunk in a certain position. If you’d like to read more details from Barry’s perspective, just head on over to his blog for this week. My job was to film all of this, which I always enjoy doing.

New lock for our 'front door'

We also had a new knob made out of brass for our washboard, or 'front door'. The washboard is a large piece of perspex that fits snugly into the companionway hatch and we can lock it with a key from the outside, or by turning a knob on the inside. Because of the (imho) poor design, the knob which sits just above the doorframe gets knocked each time the washboard slides down - which happens frequently.

What a silly place to put a locking door knob

Obviously over time the original plastic knob weakened and one day it simply snapped off. We could still lock the boat from the outside, but if we need to lock ourselves inside (for instance, in a storm if we are hove-to), this wasn't possible.

We arranged for Aydin to make a new knob for us and he fabricated a great new one out of a sturdy plastic. However after one day of use, it snapped off. Aydin solved the problem by making us a knob out of brass, which he says has a lifetime guarantee. We're very happy with our new 'front door' knob.

New brass knob

Inventory update

Meanwhile, I decided to clean and reorganise the food cupboards and food storage areas, then update the spreadsheet inventory in preparation for a shopping trip so we could stock up on dry items that we’d need while we were on our seven day shakedown cruise to Kekova.